So this Christmas did not go how I initially wanted it to go or had planned, but with the global pandemic and all, it’s been the best it could be. Unless you have been living under a rock for well over a year now, Covid-19 has taken over the world and has changed a lot of our lives. We’ve gone through quite a lot and have experienced things we would never of expected to. From a national lockdown to 2020 ending in Tiers (pardon the joke, I had too), from toilet roll going almost extinct and day time drinking became a normal thing; there’s no more “It’s 5pm somewhere” now “why the f*** not?!”. Countless hours on zoom and TikTok our generation has surely changed. I’ve almost forgot what it feels like to be surrounded by a crowd of people at a gig or in a bar/club, which is sad. And with Covid Christmas markets were cancelled, including Winter Wonderland.
Around Christmas me and my boyfriend normally spend our weekends going through our winter ‘check-list’ and with Winter Wonderland being closed that had to be scratched off. We still managed to do a few things though:
Christmas at Kew Gardens
Christmas lights throughout London
Christmas at Kew Gardens
We had booked this in July/August as soon as it got released as tickets always sell out quite quickly, obviously with covid and the ever changing regulations we weren’t 100% sure if it would go ahead, but luckily we got to go just in time! We went on the Friday before the Saturday when London went into Tier 4 which meant Botanical Gardens (e.g. Kew Gardens) would close.
Some things were the same as the year before (just as nice & magical!) but there were some new features too! It was probably the best i’ve seen (Was my third time), it took us an hour and a half to walk around the trail, we only stopped a couple times to get some hot chocolate and mulled wine.
This is the fourth year me and graham have gone to Carnaby street at Christmas and if I’m totally honest, it was my least favourite display compared to the previous years’ ones. This years theme was ‘Choose Love’ and was a very basic display of pink/purple signs with positive affirmations on them.
I don’t know about you but during lockdown i watched Netflix more than usual, although I have always loved watching Netflix, more free time meant more watch time. Which in turn, meant I could watch more series/movies.
I personally love reading about what series and films other people watch so I thought I’d do my own. (I do think ive done a post similar to this before, but oh well).
Let’s start off with the series I would recommend:
The Umbrella Academy (Season 1 & 2) – if you haven’t heard about it (I highly doubt it as it is super popular) then you definitely need to give it a watch; it might take a few episodes to get into it though.
Good Girls – I don’t think this is overly popular but it is really good and quite funny, it’s better than you’d first expect.
The Vampire Diaries (all 8 seasons!)- I have loved this series since it first came out on ITV2, I remember I used to watch it when I was younger with my parents, since growing up ive rewatched it twice, once more recently as I kept on seeing it on TikTok so I decided to rewatch all EIGHT season, totally worth it. I would highly recommend this but obviously if vampires aren’t your thing then maybe not… however there are lots of eye candy *cough cough* Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley…the list goes on, so maybe just watch it for them.
The Originals (5 seasons) – I’m currently watching this now and am loving it! if you like the vampire diaries you’ll love this!
Dynasty – it’s a remake of an old series, I haven’t seen the older version but this one is brilliant. It’s funny, witty, romantic and dramatic.
Gossip Girl (xoxo) – this is a classic and i’m actually planning on rewatching it even though I know who the gossip girl is, its just so good.
The Witcher – didn’t think I’d enjoy this but I was hooked, would definitely recommend.
The Bodyguard – another series I didn’t expect to enjoy but it took me by surprise, also doesn’t hurt that Richard Madden is in it.
Emily in Paris – this is very popular at the moment and I have seen mixed reviews but personally I loved it.
The Haunting of Hill House/Bly manor – if you like horrors then I would 100% recommend these series; although the second one is not as scary or as creepy as the first its still really good and gripping.
The Kissing Booth 1&2 – cheesy feel good movie
The Holidate – again, a cheesy feel good movie
As you can see recently I have watched a lot of series and I can’t remember the other films I watched but there was definitely more. I also watched some series that I wouldn’t watch again or recommend to others which are:
and there are some series that I haven’t watched yet but am planning to which are:
What are you watching at the moment and is there anything you’d recommend?
Lockdown gave me the perfect opportunity to play around with my skincare and find what works for me and what I need to cut out.
I used to use too many different products which I think did more bad than good; I used to compulse buy so many skincare products just because they sounded good and would spend more money than what was necessary. By no means am I an expert or a specialist and of course all our skins differ to each others. My skin type is oily to combination and is acne prone.
I’m currently changing my products to the ordinary and the body shop as they’re working the best for my skin.
Here are the products I use in my AM skincare routine:
Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser
Simple soothing facial toner
The Body Shop tea tree oil (if I have spots)
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA
La Roche-Posay 50+ SPF
And here are the products I use in my PM skincare routine:
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot cloth cleanser (for a double cleanse) – I use this twice a week
Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser (for a double cleanse when not using the liz Earle cleanser)
Simple soothing facial toner
The Ordinary Retinol
The Body Shop Drops of light eye cream
Revolution Green Tea and Collagen serum with crystal roller
Clinique super defence night moisturiser
The Body Shop Vitamin E overnight serum-in-oil (I use this once/twice a week)
I do like the change some of the serums around once they finish but these are the ones I’m loving at the moment!
With everything that’s going on with the whole country being on lockdown, its easy to get swept up and feel a bit lost. During lockdown I have personally tried to be as productive as I can and although it can be hard as there is a lot going on and a lot to worry about, accomplishing a few tasks can make you feel a lot better.
Even though it is good to be productive, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. if you don’t accomplish something every day that’s okay and if you do that’s okay too.
Lockdown challenges us all in different ways but here are some things that could keep you busy (if you want to that is)
go on an outdoor walk, even if its just for 20 minutes, getting out is so good for your physical and mental health
read more books
learn a new language, the duolingo app is really good
practice different makeup looks
watch some Netflix series/movies
clean/sort out your room
play animal crossing (I am hooked! well have been since wild world, but new horizons has taken it to a whole new level)
I have found having a routine really helps and it helps for the day to go quicker, in order to set a routine I use an app called ‘Actions’ which is like a to-do list (but you can also make a physical to do list or use notes on your phone). Using this app, I give myself daily tasks which helps me to stay active/focused and helps the day go quicker too. It’s not compulsory to complete all tasks and if I don’t they roll over to the next day, so there isn’t much pressure.
With everything being how it is at the moment keeping a routine allows me to keep some structure in my life.
An example of my daily routine would be the following:
wake up – affirmations – have a coffee and play animal crossing – do some home workouts – have breakfast – shower – go for a walk – have lunch – study – play animal crossing – have dinner – watch Netflix – read my book & journal – bed.
My daily routine varies from day to day and I will squeeze a face mask in now and again but I have found since following it, I feel a lot better within myself and accomplished.
Using my daily affirmations really help me to keep a positive outlook each day, the ones I find the most helpful ones are the everyday happiness, everyday confidence, everyday mindfulness and my affirmators cards.